August 16th – Daily Deal
On today’s edition of the Daily Deal, PokerStars announces WCOOP Extreme Satellites, Nevada’s gambling revenues fall once again, and the Full Tilt Doubles Poker Championship premieres on GSN.
Hello, I’m Sean Gibson and welcome to the Daily Deal by Poker News Daily.
Starting on August 21st, PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker site, is putting up more than five-hundred thousand dollars in seats to its annual World Championship of Online Poker, or WCOOP. These WCOOP Extreme Satellites will run all the way through August 29th, with three opportunities to win your way in daily. Extreme Satellites are available for players of all budgets and range from $5.50 all the way up to $260. Each Extreme Satellite pays out tournament tickets that can only be used in WCOOP events and a total of thirty will take place.
In figures released by the Nevada Gaming Control Board last week, state casinos pulled in revenue of $763.8 million dollars in June, a drop of nearly seven percent year over year. It marks the largest drop in revenue compared to the same month the year before since October two-thousand nine, when win fell more than eleven percent. Revenues statewide in Nevada topped eight-hundred million dollars in June of last year.
Las Vegas Strip casinos pulled in revenue of $382.9 million dollars in June, a dip of 7% year over year. The Strip plays host to a bevy of poker tournaments held in casinos like the Bellagio, Venetian, and Caesars Palace.
On Saturday night, the Full Tilt Doubles Poker Championship premiered on GSN, taking the place of the Aussie Millions, whose Main Event aired last weekend. A one million dollar first place prize is up for grabs in the Doubles Championship and thirty-two players coughed up fifty-thousand dollars each to enter. The unique show was taped at the Golden Nugget in Downtown Las Vegas and featured Brandon Adams and David Tuchman on the call.
Two heats were shown in the premiere. Vivek “Psyduck” Rajkumar and Johnny Chan defeated Toto Leonidas and Howard Lederer in the first heat. Then, Phil Ivey and Nick Schulman bested Carlos Mortensen and Gavin Smith in heat number two. A regular season, semi-finals, and finals will play out before a Full Tilt Doubles Poker Championship winning team is determined. Catch the show every Saturday at 9p.m. Eastern Time on GSN.
That wraps up today’s Daily Deal and be sure to check back with us all week long for the latest in poker news. You can also add us to your twitter feed at http://twitter.com/pokernewsdaily. Until tomorrow, I’m Sean Gibson hoping you crush your opponents at the tables!